Nick Benham
  1. Partner

Mr. Benham is a partner in Davis Polk's Corporate Department, practicing in the Finance Group in the London office. He regularly advises on a wide range of corporate finance transactions with a particular focus on leveraged and investment-grade acquisition financings acting for borrowers and for debt providers at all levels of the capital structure. Mr. Benham has extensive experience advising on the financing of public company takeovers. He also acts in connection with financial restructurings for strategic debt investors.

Work Highlights

NOTABLE BORROWER REPRESENTATIONS
  • £30.6 billion bridge and term loan financing for Comcast’s acquisition of Sky
  • $6.4 billion bridge financing for Solvay’s acquisition of Cytec
  • $4.6 billion bridge financing for Dialog Semiconductor’s proposed acquisition of Atmel
  • $2.8 billion bridge financing for Verisk Analytics’ acquisition of Wood Mackenzie
  • £1.4 billion bridge financing for Temenos’ proposed acquisition of Fidessa
  • $1.4 billion financing for Technicolor
  • $1 billion commodities-based credit facility for Noble Clean Fuels
  • €1 billion financing for Natura’s acquisition of The Body Shop
  • $945 million financing for Nuvei’s acquisition of SafeCharge
  • €600 million financing for eDreams ODIGEO
  • $500 million revolving credit facility for Temenos
  • €235 million bridge financing for Temenos’ acquisition of Multifonds
  • $315 million financing for GeoPark’s proposed acquisition of Amerisur Resources
NOTABLE LENDER REPRESENTATIONS
  • $4 billion bridge financing for CF Industries’ acquisition of certain subsidiaries of OCI
  • $2 billion revolving credit facility for CF Industries
  • €1.8 billing financing for Garrett Motion’s spin-off from Honeywell
  • $1.36 billion financing for Apollo’s acquisition of Lumileds
  • $1.1 billion financing by Vista and BC Partner's investment in Advanced 
  • €1 billion financing for Inovyn
  • £725 million financing for Vista's acquisition of Advanced
  • $725 million financing for Roark Capital’s acquisition of International Car Wash Group
  • £620 million financing for Teledyne Technologies’ acquisition of E2V Technologies
  • £365 million financing for Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan’s acquisition of Bridon
NOTABLE FINANCIAL ADVISER REPRESENTATIONS
  • £71 billion takeover of SABMiller by Anheuser-Busch InBev
  • £4.3 billion takeover of Rexam by Ball Corporation
  • £3.3 billion proposed takeover of RPC by Apollo
  • £124 million takeover of Latchways by MSA Safety
  • £115 million takeover of Stride Gaming by Rank Group

Recognition

Mr. Benham is recognized as a leading Banking & Finance lawyer in Chambers UK, Europe and Global, Legal 500 and IFLR. 

Chambers - Clients praise him as “clever, technical and he understands the key issues well” and describe him as "an exceptional lawyer and trusted adviser who quickly identifies, articulates and navigates issues." He is noted as being “particularly good at being fair and acknowledging both sides of the position. I'd put him absolutely at the top of my list of lawyers to recommend."

Legal 500 – noted for being “responsive and highly professional” and providing an “excellent service.

Awarded "Finance Team the Year" at the Legal Business Awards 2019 

 

Professional History

  • Partner, Davis Polk, 2014-present
  • Partner, Ashurst, 2010-2013

Bar Admissions

  • England and Wales

Education

  • M.A., University of Oxford, 1998